Human Resources Associate (Talent Sourcer), GS6 in HR Operations -Recruitment and Talent Acquisition, Global Shared Services Centre, Budapest, Hungary

Job no: 554701

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Hungary Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Global Shared Services Centre

Department/Office: Director’s Office, GSSC

Categories: Human Resources

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, results.

We are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not a job, it’s a calling.

UNICEF’s Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC) provides services to UNICEF offices around the world in the areas of Finance, Master Data Management, Human Resources Administration, Payroll, and IT Customer Care.

Our mission is to be a Centre of Excellence for the global delivery of efficient services within a culture of customer service, continuous business improvement, knowledge-sharing and innovation to support the effective achievement of UNICEF’s programme results worldwide. ​

GSSC has won the 2019 Business Services Firm of the Year in Hungary, 26 regional awards announced at the Central and Eastern European Business Services Summit & Awards held in Warsaw, Poland.

Please visit our UNICEF GSSC page

How can you make a difference?

The role of HR Associate (Talent Sourcer) is to implement GSSC outreach strategy that aims to boost UNICEF GSSC Talent Pools for processing roles and specialized functions as well as identify avenues and networks to attract talent and source hard to fill positions.

This will include sourcing and interacting with potential candidates online, using technical tools and sourcing techniques to map and identify suitable candidates, developing strong talent pipelines and conducting initial candidate screenings.

The incumbent should be able to source the perfect candidate for positions that are often hard to fill.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related tasks:

  • Together with GSSC Recruitment Team, review workforce plans, as well as identify hard to fill positions including technical roles and develop sourcing strategies depending on the role. This includes research and recommendations in identifying the most effective sourcing channels, talent sourcing networks, job boards and appropriate approaches to attract a diverse pool of candidates based on the job profile.
  • Participate in some of the strategic discussions between the recruitment teams and hiring office to understand skills and competences needed that will inform the sourcing strategies for open and future positions
  • Partner with recruiters and hiring teams to support various initiatives (e.g., referral programs, talent mapping, salary benchmarking, etc).
  • Build efficient and effective sourcing strategies by using Boolean string, X-rays and other unconventional sourcing techniques
  • Engage, discover, and cultivate relationships with external, often passive talent, using a variety of techniques to identify and contact candidates.
  • Track candidate activity to anticipate recruitment opportunities.
  • Responsible for sourcing for critical roles across the organization (including IT, Finance, HR roles) and manage candidate pipelines from both passive and active sources.
  • Build market intelligence by running benchmarking, market mapping and knowledge sharing initiatives.
  • Contacting industry partners for candidate referrals.
  • Managing the organization company’s candidate database.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements within Talent Sourcing functional area, keeping abreast of the latest technical sourcing trends and applying these to support GSSC staffing needs.
  • Review and analyze operational assignments or challenges that require research, evaluation, and selection of alternative solutions.
  • Work closely with our Employer Branding and Outreach colleagues to attract and maintain candidate pipelines (i.e.: initiating campaigns and attending job fairs) and represent the organization at national, regional, or local networking and recruiting events.
  • Collaborate and consult with Talent Management colleagues, internal partners, and stakeholders, including internal and external stakeholders.

Other duties and projects

  • Provide overall support to the HR Team.
  • Complete special projects and other duties as required.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • Completion of secondary education (i.e. high school diploma) is required, preferably supplemented by university courses in human resources management, communications, digital media, information technology or other related field is required.


  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in talent sourcing and research, including experience in talent acquisition in an international organization and/or large corporation is required. A completed Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution will be counted toward 4 years of the minimum work experience requirements.

Other requirements

  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in talent sourcing and research, including experience in talent acquisition in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.
  • Hands-on experience with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) and other Human Resources Management software is required.
  • Familiarity with social networks, professional sites and resume databases is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of modern sourcing techniques, excellent communication skills, and solid understanding of recruitment principles are required.
  • Experience using social media networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) to source potential candidates is required.
  • Experience interacting with professionals in niche platforms, like Github and Behance is required.
  • Experience in initial screening of candidates is required.
  • Good time-management skills with the ability to handle various open positions simultaneously.
  • Very good communication, sales, customer orientation and interpersonal skills required.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and spoken) required
  • Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish), or local language of the duty station, is considered an asset

As an advocate for every child, you will receive

  • A competitive salary which is exempted from paying national income taxes in Hungary on United Nations emoluments. Access here the UN Salary Scale for Hungary, and here a salary calculator for simulation.
  • Holidays and leave, including 30 days of annual leaves per year
  • Parental leave
  • Dependency allowance
  • United Nations sponsored medical insurance plan
  • Pension plan
  • Optional life insurance plan
  • Access to professional development and learning programs, online learning and learning path
  • Access to staff well-being support
  • Access to career development support

Please visit Compensation and Benefit site on UNICEF Career page

General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited staff and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements. UNICEF does not facilitate MFA accreditation for locally recruited staff.

Applicants must be nationals of EU countries or in possession of a valid work permit. Please attach a copy of your work permit to your application submission.

Remarks: Requirement for internal applicants

Internal applicants from GSSC are required to complete the courses of Learning Paths that are identified as essential when applying to the level of this post. Please visit the L&D Portal Learning and Development (sharepoint.com) for more information.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: (link)

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

To view our competency framework, please visit: (link)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: UNICEF’s Competency Framework here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to A diverse and inclusive workforce to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of Compensation and benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates will be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID).

This VA is open to all (internal and external candidates).

Advertised: Aug 31 2022 Central Europe Daylight Time Application close: Sep 30 2022 Central Europe Daylight Time

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